Price is right in Blazers' 6-5 win

March 28, 1997


Staff Correspondent

CLEAR SPRING - Junior Jocyln Price fired a two-hitter, striking out nine, as Clear Spring squeezed by Greencastle, 6-5, Thursday afternoon in a high school girls' softball game.

Greencastle threatened with a seventh-inning rally, but Price shut the door to save the victory for the Blazers (2-0).

The Blue Devils (1-1) scored three runs in the top of the seventh to reduce the deficit to 6-5 and had the tying run on first base with only one out. But Price got the next two Greencastle batters to look at called third strikes and a forced a ground ball for the final out.

"Jocyln had them off balance and they certainly did not hit her very hard," Clear Spring coach Drew Michael said. "Missy South did a good job defensively and she called a nice game behind the plate. She also threw out a runner trying to steal second and got two big hits for us."


The Blue Devils also threatened to have a big inning in the sixth. They scored two runs and had the bases loaded with two outs. Megan Williams then hit a long fly ball to left field, but Andrea Fridinger made the catch to end the rally.

"I thought that the key to the game was when Megan hit that long fly to left field and their left fielder made a nice catch," Greencastle coach Doug Stuart said. "The bases were loaded at the time and if that ball fell in, it could have been a three-run double."

South had two hits and four RBIs for Clear Spring. Rachel Lynch and Suzy Ernst added two hits each for the Blazers.

Greencastle pitcher Mandy Carr allowed only two earned runs and fanned six batters in six innings.

Clear Spring got on the scoreboard first with three runs in the bottom of the second. After Ernst led off with a single to right, Beth McCusker laid down a sacrifice bunt. Greencastle committed a throwing error on the play and Ernst advanced to third and McCusker to second. One out later, South tripled over the right fielder's head to knock in Ernst and McCusker. South came home on a sacrifice fly by Price.

The Blazers added a run in the third when Fridinger tripled to the right-field corner and scored on a ground out by Jackie Chaney.

Clear Spring got its final two runs in the sixth. Chaney started the rally by reaching on a throwing error and Ernst singled to center. Both runners advanced one base on a wild pitch. Two outs later, South singled to right to drive in pinch runner Mandy Timmons and Ernst.

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